2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

What to Expect When You're Unsuspecting: A Study of Liminality Through First-Year Students' College Expectations

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Claire Grebner, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

SOAN

Location

Lillard 128

Abstract

The first year of college can be understood as a liminal phase, a period that is “betwixt and between.” This project explores how first-year students’ expectations about college affect their transition into college. Through my research, I discovered a consensus among first-year students about a perfect college student that has aspirational functions. Following Victor Turner, I draw parallels between the "perfect college student" and the “monstrous” figures included in initiation rituals to emphasize the cultural factors necessary for success. I conclude that the "perfect college student" acts as a guide that helps first-year students navigate their liminal state.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

4-9-2019 11:45 AM

Panel

Centering Liminality in the College Career

Panel Moderator

Holly Swyers

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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What to Expect When You're Unsuspecting: A Study of Liminality Through First-Year Students' College Expectations

Lillard 128

The first year of college can be understood as a liminal phase, a period that is “betwixt and between.” This project explores how first-year students’ expectations about college affect their transition into college. Through my research, I discovered a consensus among first-year students about a perfect college student that has aspirational functions. Following Victor Turner, I draw parallels between the "perfect college student" and the “monstrous” figures included in initiation rituals to emphasize the cultural factors necessary for success. I conclude that the "perfect college student" acts as a guide that helps first-year students navigate their liminal state.